England exposed India’s deficiencies in Southampton Test, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed India’s famed batting lineup after yet another poor performance in the fourth innings of the fourth Test at Southampton on Sunday.Chasing 245 for victory, India got bowled out for 184 in their second innings to lose the fourth Test by 60 runs. England thus, took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series by virtue of this win.India’s run chase got off to the worst-possible start after Stuart Broad castled KL Rahul for a duck while Cheteshwar Pujara also failed to trouble the scorers and departed soon after on 0. Shikhar Dhawan fell for 17 to leave India reeling at 22 for 3.Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enoughCaptain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane then gave India a glimmer of hope as they added 101 runs for the fourth wicket but England bowlers came out all guns blazing in the evening session to bowl out the visitors. Once again in this series, Kohli top-scored for the team with 58 runs.Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to EnglandKohli has so far scored 544 runs in the series and is the leading run-getter from either side while the next best Indian on the list is Cheteshwar Pujara, who has amassed 241 runs. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul have performed miserably till now with just 158 and 113 runs respectively.Gavaskar feels the over-reliance on Kohli to score big every time has led to India’s downfall in this series.”When you go in with five batsmen then you are bound to be in such a situation where you rely so much only on one player, Virat Kohli to get you the big hundreds. He can’t do it every time, he’s human.advertisementIndia vs England 4th Test Day 4: Highlights”To expect that the lower order (to save India after the top-order collapse) after that Kohli-Rahane partnership was broken, to get even another 60-70 runs was too much,” Gavaskar said after the game.Joe Root delighted with Moeen Ali’s best performance in England shirtFor more than two hours in the second session, Kohli and Rahane were in control. But Kohli perished after registering his 19th half-century in Tests. A delivery from Moeen got a sharp bounce to kiss Kohli’s gloves and Alaistair Cook took an easy catch at short leg in a big relief for the hosts.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainHardik Pandya was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes soon after. Rishabh Pant then came out all guns blazing but his cameo didn’t last long as he departed for a 12-ball 18.India vs England 4th Test Day 4 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedRahane then fell in the final session which was really the final nail in the coffin for India.”Here (in Southampton) I think their deficiencies were shown. Earlier (at Edgbaston and Lord’s) I think the ball was moving around quite a bit so most opening batsmen would have struggled. But here in both these innings, I don’t think that was the case,” Gavaskar said.Rahane made 51 runs while Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw as India’s innings folded for 184.Off-spinner Moeen Ali as once again the pick of the bowlers for England on a slow and dry fourth-day pitch at the Rose Bowl. Moeen followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with four wickets for 71 runs in the second.Moeen got excellent support from Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who managed to bag 2 wickets each while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran got one wicket each.last_img

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